When I first heard about Left of Bang, I initially thought it would be a rerun of The Gift of Fear and What Every Body Is Saying with a hint of On Killing/On Combat mixed in. I’m happy to say that I was completely wrong. Patrick Van Horne and Jason Riley have joined the ranks of Gavin De Becker, Rory Miller, Dave Grossman, and Joe Navarro, if not surpassed them, with their book Left of Bang. Although Left of Bang incorporates ideas and concepts from the previously mentioned authors and books, Riley and Van Horne really dug into the details of situational awareness and body language to provide us with a comprehensive guide in understanding our environments, our gut feelings and how to respond to the “anomalies” we observe.
Left of Bang is broken down into five parts, and although it is only 200 pages, it is jam-packed from cover to cover with invaluable information that will help anyone stay safe. Whether you’re a service member on deployment, police officer walking a beat, or an average citizen looking to stay safe, this book is for you. The concepts are easy to understand and build on each other throughout the book. Riley and Van Horne use real life examples that really drive the principles home. I not only recommend this book, but it is now at the top of my must read list.
For more information check out the links below:
Left of Bang: http://www.cp-journal.com/leftofbang/
The CP Journal homepage: http://www.cp-journal.com/
The CP Journal blog: http://www.cp-journal.com/blog/
To purchase Left of Bang from the publisher: http://shop.blackirishbooks.com/products/left-of-bang
To purchase Left of Bang from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Left-Bang-Marine-Combat-Program/dp/1936891301/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1409711141&sr=8-1